Community Leadership

Maribyrnong City Council supports the development of leadership skills and opportunities for leaders across our municipality. Supporting active development uncovers future leaders, and builds strong, healthy and resilient communities.

Our vision for Community Leadership is to support informed and active community leaders to work together with Council to make Maribyrnong a vibrant and connected community.

Community Leadership Programs

Since 2015, Council has delivered formal Community Leadership Programs as an important way of building the capacity of our community. Based on the success of the previous programs 'Braybrook on Board' and 'Growing our Community', Community Leadership is back in 2019.

 'Connecting Maribyrnong' will run from 5 August until 21 October. This 12 week program is offered at no cost to people who live, study, work or volunteer in Maribyrnong.

This program is facilitated by expert Community Leadership facilitators. All learning materials and refreshments will be provided.

Applications for this program are now closed.

For more information contact

Maribyrnong Community Leaders Network

The network supports our community leaders to participate in ongoing relationship building, training opportunities and sharing of ideas among like-minded community members. Council hosts quarterly network events, these include informal activities, workshops and guest speakers (local and international). All local residents who identify as a Community Leader are welcome to attend.

For further information about upcoming sessions please contact us

Previous programs

Growing our community

Held in 2017, this 12-week accredited leadership program had an environment and sustainability theme. The aim of the program was to support local environment groups, including “Friends of” groups and community gardens, to increase their capacity to better respond to environmental issues and challenges. 

Following the program a Pitch for Funds process offered the graduates seed funding to deliver their own initiatives. Their projects included:

  • Environmental education, habitat creation, reuse and recycle, cycle mapping and community gardens
  • 76 volunteers
  • Over 700 participants
  • More than 1000 volunteers hours

The program was funded by the Myer Foundation.

Braybrook on Board

The Braybrook on Board leadership program offered a place-based approach encouraging local residents to become actively involved in community life and decision-making processes.

Participants developed and delivered community projects such as community welcoming events, health and fitness programs, employment and enterprise initiatives, programs for families and children, and projects to improve neighbourhood amenity and champion gender equity.


  • 28 community members graduated from Braybrook on Board, with six participants undertaking further education at university, TAFE or VET
  • 21 community projects involving 82 volunteers have been delivered, reaching more than 1,500 community members.

The impact of the program on the participants and the community has been profound. Graduates say the experience has enabled and supported their leadership aspirations and given them the confidence, skills, networks and partnerships to affect positive change in their community.